COLLECTION GUIDES

1898-2010

Guide to the Collection

Restrictions on Access

The Environmental League of Massachusetts records are stored offsite and must be requested at least one business day in advance. Contact the Library at library@masshist.org or (617) 536-1608 to request materials. Please discuss your request with the reading room staff before requesting cartons by barcode.


Collection Summary

Abstract

This collection consists of minutes, reports, correspondence, financial records, anniversary materials, and publications of the Environmental League of Massachusetts and its predecessor organizations, the Massachusetts Forestry Association, the Massachusetts Forest and Park Association, and the Environmental Lobby of Massachusetts. The organization was founded to help promote policy for the preservation of forest lands in Massachusetts.

Historical Sketch

Incorporated on June 3, 1898, the Massachusetts Forestry Association originally focused on "fostering good forestry practices, creating the state park system, planting shade trees, and combating plant pests and diseases." The Association's early efforts included opposition to the commercialization of Mount Greylock, and the formation of the office of State Forester, the Division of Forestry in the Massachusetts Department of Conservation, and a number town forests around Massachusetts.

In 1933, the Massachusetts Forestry Association changed its name to the Massachusetts Forest and Park Association (MFPA). The MFPA helped incorporate the New England Forestry Association (NEFA) in 1944. An independent non-profit organization, NEFA sought to provide forestry services to small woodland owners around New England.

The Massachusetts Forest and Park Association was renamed the Environmental Lobby of Massachusetts (ELM) in 1981. ELM lobbying included support of several key environmental protection bills, including the Coastal Wetland and Inland Wetlands Act (1971), the Massachusetts Clean Waters Act (1973), and the nation's first Acid Rain Control Act (1983).

Renamed the Environmental League of Massachusetts in 1993, the organization is still in existence today.

Sources:

Massachusetts Forest and Park Association: A History. Boston: Massachusetts Forest and Park Association, 1974.

www.environmentalleague.org

Collection Description

The records of the Environmental League of Massachusetts and its predecessors, spanning the years 1898-2010, are housed in seven cartons and one oversize carton stored offsite. The collection is divided into three series: Administrative records, subject files, and publications.

The first series, Administrative records, contains the Massachusetts Forestry Association's certificate of incorporation, minutes of the Association's annual meetings, board and executive committee meetings, reports of the New England Forestry Association, financial records, and some correspondence. This series is divided into four sub-series: meeting minutes and reports, letterpress book, financial records, and other administrative records.

The second series, Subject files, consists almost entirely of records relating to the Association's conferences on Dutch Elm Disease. The series also contains a few folders of other conference materials, speeches on town forests by Harris Reynolds, videotapes of Environmental League Forums, and labels from an exhibit to celebrate the organization's centennial. This series is arranged alphabetically by subject.

The third series, Publications, contains newsletters, bulletins, and other printed material produced by and about the Environmental League of Massachusetts and its predecessor organizations. This series is divided into four sub-series: bulletins and circulars, newsletters, other printed material, and clippings.

NOTE: The date ranges listed in the Detailed Description of the Collection below may include gaps. Folders may not contain records for every month or year within a given date range.

Restrictions on Access

The Environmental League of Massachusetts records are stored offsite and must be requested at least one business day in advance. Contact the Library at library@masshist.org or (617) 536-1608 to request materials. Please discuss your request with the reading room staff before requesting cartons by barcode.

Acquisition Information

The Environmental League of Massachusetts records were given to the Massachusetts Historical Society by the League in 2001.

Detailed Description of the Collection

NOTE: The date ranges listed below may include gaps. Folders may not contain records for every month or year within a given date range.

I. Administrative records, 1898-1989

A. Meeting minutes and reports, 1898-1989

This sub-series contains the organization's certificate of incorporation, agreement of association, amended by-laws, and materials documenting the 1933 name change. Also included are minutes from annual meetings, Board of Directors and Executive Committee meetings, and reports from the New England Forestry Association (NEFA).

Minutes include lists of meeting attendees, agendas, resolutions, financial updates, and information about new members. NEFA annual reports include letters to members, updates on the Foundation's finances and current projects. Later NEFA reports include lists of members, officers, and directors.

Carton 1SH 12TL CFolder 1
Original certificate of incorporation, 1898
Carton 1SH 12TL CFolder 2
Agreement of association, first meeting, by-laws, name change, 1898-1959
Carton 1SH 12TL CFolder 3-12
Annual meeting, 1898-1984
Carton 1SH 12TL CFolder 13-21
Board of Directors meetings, 1981-1987
Carton 1SH 12TL CFolder 22-37
Executive Committee minutes, 1928-1956
Carton 1SH 12TL C
Executive Committee minutes, volume 1, January 7, 1898 - October 10, 1906 [also includes preliminary meetings]
Carton 1SH 12TL C
Executive Committee minutes, volume 2, November 14, 1906 - March 29, 1907
Carton 1SH 12TL C
Executive Committee minutes, volume 3, April 27, 1917 - December 23, 1927
Carton 2SH 12TM DFolder 1-20
Executive Committee minutes, 1957-1989
Carton 2SH 12TM DFolder 21
New England Forestry Association reports, 1950-1956
Carton 2SH 12TM D
Registers, 1898-1911; reports, 1913-1925 [2 volumes]

B. Letterpress book, 1898-1899

One volume of outgoing letters from the Massachusetts Forestry Association's Secretary's Office.

Carton 2SH 12TM D

C. Financial records, 1907-1987

Ten volumes of ledgers and account books document the ELM's expenditures and income from membership dues and trust fund interest. This sub-series also includes other related material, including leases and certificates of registration as a tax-exempt organization.

OS 1SH 17CH $
Account book, Records of the Trust of the Permanent Fund, 1907-January 1950(Oversize container)
OS 1SH 17CH $
Account book, November 1925-June 1935(Oversize container)
OS 1SH 17CH $
Account book, April 1930-June 1935 (Oversize container)
OS 1SH 17CH $
Account book, January 1943-December 1948(Oversize container)
OS 1SH 17CH $
Account book, January 1949-December 1955(Oversize container)
Carton 7SH 12TS J
Account book, March 1964-February 1967 [volume]
Carton 7SH 12TS J
Account book, February 1967-February 1969 [volume]
Carton 7SH 12TS J
Account book, February 1969-April 1970 [volume]
Carton 7SH 12TS J
Account book, June 1970-March 1972 [volume]
Carton 7SH 12TS J
Account book, March 1972-September 1973 [volume]
Carton 3SH 12TN EFolder 1
ELM Education Fund financial, 1982-1986
Carton 3SH 12TN EFolder 2
Financial miscellany, 1959-1987
Carton 3SH 12TN EFolder 3
Record of C.A. Fox Fund, now in hands of Trustees of Permanent Fund, April 1, 1954
Carton 3SH 12TN EFolder 4
Tax exemption documents, 1921-1939, 1959
Carton 3SH 12TN EFolder 5
Leases, 1959-1976

D. Other administrative records, 1992-1998

Carton 3SH 12TN EFolder 6-7
Environmental lobby mailing, April 1992
Carton 3SH 12TN EFolder 8-9
Miscellany, 1947-1996
Carton 3SH 12TN EFolder 10
Old appeals, 1996-1998

II. Subject files, 1913-2010

The bulk of this series, arranged alphabetically by subject, contains records relating to the organization's annual conference on Dutch Elm Disease (DED), including meeting announcements and published proceedings, as well as other reports, surveys, and correspondence relating to DED. This series also includes materials relating to an exhibit of ELM records to celebrate the organization's centennial, videocassettes of Environmental League Forums, speeches by Harris Reynolds and articles about town forests, the MFPA's 75th Anniversary event's guest book, and a history of ELM with biographical sketches of the founders.

Carton 3SH 12TN EFolder 11-42
Dutch Elm Disease conferences, 1947-1977
Carton 3SH 12TN EFolder 43
[Dutch Elm Disease] Conference report: Dutch Elm Disease, Elm Phloem Necrosis, Oak Wilt, New York City, February 4-5, 1954
Carton 4SH 12TP GFolder 1-4
Dutch Elm Disease correspondence, 1940-1970
Carton 4SH 12TP GFolder 5
[Dutch Elm Disease] Gates Elm Fund, 1953-1955
Carton 4SH 12TP GFolder 6
[Dutch Elm Disease] Letters on Trelife and Dr. [Howard D.] Salins, 1957-1958
Carton 4SH 12TP GFolder 7
[Dutch Elm Disease] Massachusetts Advisory Committee on Dutch Elm Disease, 1946-1947
Carton 4SH 12TP GFolder 8-10
[Dutch Elm Disease] Massachusetts and New England Dutch Elm Diseases, 1934-1938
Carton 4SH 12TP GFolder 11
[Dutch Elm Disease] Massachusetts Committee on Dutch Elm Disease annual reports, 1941-1954
Carton 4SH 12TP GFolder 12-20
[Dutch Elm Disease] Miscellaneous reports and leaflets on Dutch Elm Disease, 1933-1978
Carton 4SH 12TP GFolder 21
[Dutch Elm Disease] National conference on Dutch Elm Disease, 1936-1943
Carton 4SH 12TP GFolder 22-26
[Dutch Elm Disease] Release and form letters, 1935-1966
Carton 4SH 12TP GFolder 27
Dutch Elm Disease speeches, 1935-1946
Carton 4SH 12TP GFolder 28
[Dutch Elm Disease] Spraying programs with DDT, 1955-1959
Carton 4SH 12TP GFolder 29
Dutch Elm Disease survey, 1948
Carton 4SH 12TP GFolder 30
[Dutch Elm Disease] Tristate, Northeastern Dutch Elm Disease Committees, 1942
Carton 4SH 12TP GFolder 31
[Dutch Elm Disease] United States Department of Agriculture proceedings on Dutch Elm Disease, December 5, 1934
Carton 4SH 12TP G
Environmental League Forum: Open Space Bond Bill, March 15, 1994 [videotape]
Carton 4SH 12TP G
Environmental League Forum: Boston Harbor, March 22, 1994 [videotape]
Carton 4SH 12TP G
Environmental League Forum: Department of Environmental Protection, April 5, 1994 [videotape]
Carton 4SH 12TP G
Environmental League Forum: Matt Wilson, June 14, 1994 [videotape]
Carton 4SH 12TP G
Environmental League of Massachusetts, March 29, 1994 [videotape]
Carton 4SH 12TP GFolder 32-34
Environmental League of Massachusetts exhibit, 1998
Carton 5SH 12TQ H
Massachusetts Forest and Park Association 75th Anniversary, October 4, 1973 [volume]
Carton 5SH 12TQ HFolder 1
Town forests, 1931, 1960-1966
Carton 5SH 12TQ HFolder 2-7
Articles [speeches, etc.] on town forests by Harris Reynolds, 1913-1945
Carton 5SH 12TQ HFolder 8
"The 1890s and the Founding of ELM," 2010

III. Publications, 1902-1998

A. Bulletins and circulars, 1911-1986

This sub-series contains eight volumes of semi-technical bulletins and circulars, arranged chronologically, that address an array of forestry issues, including pest control, forest fires, and shade trees; volumes also contain brochures, guides, annual reports, and flyers. This sub-series also contains unbound and legislative bulletins.

Carton 5SH 12TQ H
Miscellaneous bulletins, circulars, etc., 1911-1935 [6 volumes]
Carton 6SH 12TR I
Miscellaneous bulletins, circulars, etc., 1936-1940 [2 volumes]
Carton 6SH 12TR IFolder 1-3
Miscellaneous bulletins, circulars, etc., 1941-1962
Carton 6SH 12TR IFolder 4-8
Conservation Legislative Bulletin, 1968-1982
Carton 6SH 12TR IFolder 9
Environmental Legislative Bulletin, 1982
Carton 6SH 12TR IFolder 10
Legislative Bulletin, 1976, 1985-1996

B. Newsletters, 1902-1984

Arranged alphabetically by title, this sub-series contains newsletters published by ELM and its predecessor organizations, including articles on the organization's activities and other items of environmental concern.

Carton 6SH 12TR IFolder 11-13
ELM Newsletter, 1981-1984
Carton 6SH 12TR I
Forest and Park News, 1937-1956 [1 volume]
Carton 6SH 12TR IFolder 14-27
Forest and Park News, 1944-1980
Carton 6SH 12TR I
Woodland & Roadside, 1902-1910 [2 volumes]

C. Other printed material, 1942-1998

This sub-series, arranged in chronological order, contains printed material created by ELM and its predecessor organizations, including books, brochures, issue papers, and other publications.

Carton 7SH 12TS JFolder 1-2
Membership brochures, 1942-1989
Carton 7SH 12TS JFolder 3
The American Elm, n.d.
Carton 7SH 12TS JFolder 4
Conservation Education Program at Camp Child, Old Colony Council, Boy Scouts of America, by Alfred M. Williams, Jr., n.d.
Carton 7SH 12TS JFolder 5
Forestry and Conservation Study Outline for Agricultural Teachers of Massachusetts, n.d.
Carton 7SH 12TS JFolder 6
The Forestry Primer, 1906-1926, 1926
Carton 7SH 12TS JFolder 7
The First Fifty Years of the Massachusetts Forest and Park Association, prepared by W.H. Clark, 1948
Carton 7SH 12TS JFolder 8
The First Fifty Years of the Massachusetts Forest and Park Association, additions to 1960
Carton 7SH 12TS JFolder 9
Fifty Years a Forester, by Harold O. Cook, 1961
Carton 7SH 12TS JFolder 10
Massachusetts Forest and Park Association: A History, 1898-1973, by Richard M. Applegate, 1974
Carton 7SH 12TS JFolder 11
New England Forestry Foundation: A History, by Richard M. Applegate, 1975
Carton 7SH 12TS JFolder 12
The Inside Track: The Behind-the-Scenes Story of the Massachusetts Environmental Budget Process, by Debra R. Sanderson, January 1986
Carton 7SH 12TS JFolder 13
Land: Financing of Open Space, by Edith M. Netter and Daniel J. Barry, November 1988
Carton 7SH 12TS JFolder 14
Land: Guiding Development, by Alexandra D. Dawson, November 1988
Carton 7SH 12TS JFolder 15
Land and Housing Banks, November 1988
Carton 7SH 12TS JFolder 16
Halfway to… where? A Report on the Implementation of the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act, by James Gomes, May 1994
Carton 7SH 12TS JFolder 17
The Carcinogens Around Us: Chemical Use in Massachusetts, 1990-1992, by Elizabeth Sturcken, August 1994
Carton 7SH 12TS JFolder 18
Commonwealth at Risk: Toxic Chemical Use in Massachusetts, 1992-1994, by James R. Gomes and Deborah L. Adler, May 1996
Carton 7SH 12TS JFolder 19
Enforcement Trends at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, 1989-1996, by Donna Tesiero and James R. Gomes, May 1996
Carton 7SH 12TS JFolder 20
The Green Budget, March 12, 1998

D. Clippings, 1898-1988

Carton 7SH 12TS J
Scrapbook, January 1898-November 1902
Carton 7SH 12TS J
Scrapbook, October 1904-November 1906
Carton 7SH 12TS JFolder 21
Items found loose in scrapbook, January 1898-1902
Carton 7SH 12TS JFolder 22-26
Clippings, 1908, 1981-1988, n.d.

Materials Removed from the Collection

Photographs from this collection have been removed to the Environmental League of Massachusetts photographs, 1943-1990. Photo. Coll. 198.

Pins have been removed from this collection and are stored onsite in the MHS Numismatic Collection.

For a list of printed materials removed from this collection, see Curator of Manuscripts.

Preferred Citation

Environmental League of Massachusetts Records, Massachusetts Historical Society.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in ABIGAIL, the online catalog of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Researchers desiring materials about related persons, organizations, or subjects should search the catalog using these headings.

Organizations:

Environmental Lobby of Massachusetts (Boston, Mass.).
Massachusetts Forest and Park Association (Boston, Mass.).
Massachusetts Forestry Association.

Subjects:

Environmental agencies.
Environmental policy--Massachusetts.
Environmental protection--Massachusetts.
Lobbyists--Massachusetts.
Associations, institutions, etc.--Massachusetts--Boston.